I was lucky enough to find the original banned version on vinyl a few years ago, of course I had no idea there was a banned version or why it had been. Luckily for me the record store owner was more than happy to give a brief run down on the facts, and without a trace of condescension.
The featured females celebrities Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welch, and the estates of Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe took offence to their images being given a slight drag queen make over and threatened legal action. If the macho boys from The Stones could have a laugh at their own dragged up images, surely a few forgotten actresses (aside from Farrah Fawcett who was riding high on the Charlie’s Angels wave) could have let it slide and left the cover as it was originally intended.
The cover was designed by Peter Corriston, who also designed the next three Stones albums as well, but for me with much less success. I’m a sucker for retro design and i love that it always allowed the use of a wide variety of typefaces, regardless if some were a little ugly. It also wasn’t concerned with stuff being too cluttered or busy.
It’s nice to see the design execution carried over to the back cover. Instead of blandly listing the song titles and running order, they are spread out amongst clippings of old 1950′s bra advertisments. The washed out colours used on both the front and back remind me of old magazines and books found wasting away in book exchanges. Considering the 70′s was the decade of the glammed Disco era, with even The Stones themselves taking a bloody good swing at it with ‘Miss You’, it was refreshing to see Peter Corriston didn’t follow the same trend and opted to take his inspiration from a few decades past.
Amended cover: Looks like a quick patch up job.
Who’s a pretty boy then. The cover photo used for the Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadows LP, Released around 1966.